Incident Summary:

10/14/2017: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck outside the Safari Hotel at the K5 intersection in Hodan neighborhood, Mogadishu, Somalia. In addition to the assailant, at least 588 people, including three United States citizens, were killed and 316 people were injured in the blast. This was one of two coordinated suicide attacks in Mogadishu on this date; the assailants intended to target Aden Adde International Airport. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hodan neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Compound
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Safari Hotel
Specific Description Hotel
Nationality of Target Somalia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden truck containing approximately 350 kilograms of homemade and military-grade explosives was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 588 Fatalities / 316 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 588
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 316
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Death toll from Somalia truck bomb in October now at 512: probe committee," Reuters, November 30, 2017.
"Somalia's Deadliest Bombing Kills 276, Injures 300," AFP (World Service), October 16, 2017.
"Truck Bomb Kills at Least 20 in Somalia’s Capital," New York Times, October 14, 2017.